After debuting last year, the 2009 Maserati GranTurismo, a four-passenger luxury performance coupe, introduces its S trim with a 4.7L V8 engine grinding out 433 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque, paired to a six-speed, twin-disc-clutch automatic transmission. The S also gets enhanced front brake discs, a more aggressive suspension, 20-inch wheels, unique side skirts, an integrated spoiler and extra bolstered seats. The S jumps from zero to 62 mph in 4.93 seconds and tops out at 183 mph. The Base GranTurismo is powered by a 4.2L V8 engine that generates 405 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque teamed to a six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. Standard safety features include ABS, traction control, an antiskid system, front side airbags and front curtain airbags. Maserati GranTurismo standard features include dual-zone climate control, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a rear-obstacle detection system, a navigation system, 10-way adjustable front seats with memory and a power tilting/telescopic steering column.Read more Read less
The GranTurismo for 2009 has an aluminum 4.7L V8 engine, which replaces the 2008 4.2L engine. Increased both in bore and stroke, the engine now produces 440 horsepower and 362 pound-feet of torque and can reach a top speed of 183 mph. A dual-clutch automatic manual transmission replaces the ZF 6-speed automatic transmission. The so-called MC-Shift system was adapted from Maserati's exotic MC-12 mid-engine racer. Dubbed MC-shift, the new transmission is a revised version of the DuoSelect box that's offered on the Maserati Quattroporte sedan. Also new is an electro-actuated transaxle-mounted gearbox with sequential paddle shifters to go with the automatic clutch. The suspension components of the 2009 GranTurismo S have been stiffened by about 10 percent. The newest GranTurismo S gets wide-mouth exhaust tips, unique side skirts, and a smaller rear spoiler. New high-power Brembo brakes are made using a dual-cast process to combine cast iron and aluminum. They were adapted from the Brembos on the Quattroporte S sedan and can drop the car from 62 mph to 0 in 115 feet. The springs, anti-roll bars, and dampers are retuned for 2009 for firmer, better handling. Inside, the seats feature a luxurious blend of Poltrona Frau leather and ribbed Alcantara inserts distinguished by horizontal piping on the seats and seatbacks.
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As it comes in a vast number of combinations for exterior color, interior color, trim, and other accessories, the new GranTurismo promises more exclusivity than rivals like the BMW 6-series and the Jaguar XKR. The 2009 GranTurismo rides on a 115.9-inch wheelbase and is 192.3 inches in overall length. The GranTurismo's attractive shape was created by the Italian design house of Pininfarina and comes with a full back seat. Combined mileage is 15 mpg.
Gran Turismo S